Post # 1
Just curious, how early are you stopping (or reducing) your coffee intake? I’ve read conflicting information. And it appears that up to 2 cups a day during pregnancy is considered safe.
I’m not a huge coffee drinker – I usually only have 1 small cup a day. But I still think this is something to think about as we prepare for TTC.
Post # 3
While TTC, I didn’t do anything differently with caffeine (I was drinking a Large hot or iced every or every other day).
After I got my BFP, I got a small iced and got sick. Not from the coffee, but just from morning sickness. That was around week 5. I didn’t really have any interest in it, and now I’m almost at week 11, and I’m just starting to want it a little. Mostly, though, I have a soda if I need caffeine. Weird pregnancy aversions!
Books “okay” 300 mg or under, my doctor recommended 150 mg (about a cup). A can of coke I think is around 55mg, mountain dew about 85mg (I think! not exact, just going from memory).
Post # 4
I quit caffeine a few months ago (while TTC). For some people it doesn’t seem to have a huge effect, but many of my friends who have had miscarriages quit caffeine after and got then got pg. I’ve also read that caffeine can negative affect ovulation. I personally feel that I am extremely sensitive to caffeine although I would usually have 1-2 caff beverages a day before I cut it out.
Post # 5
When we started TTC, I limitted myself to 1 cup of regular coffee a day, then switched to decaf the rest of the day. When I found out I was pregnant, I now only have 1 cup decaf.
Post # 6
I’m drinking my normal cup of coffee in the morning. In the TWW, I skip drinking tea or coke, but stick with my normal coffee.
It’s important to prepare for TTC, but don’t live in a bubble just because of it. If TTC takes a while, it wil get hard and frustrating to behave as if you are already pregnant when you’re not. We’re in cycle 7, AF is due tomorrow, and I just got my BFN this morning. I will head to the liquor store in a little bit and pick out a nice bottle of wine that I will enjoy tomorrow night…
Post # 7
Well I didn’t actually know I was pregnant until about 7 weeks in and wasn’t TTC, so I was still enjoying my lattes and iced coffees.
Since getting pregnant I have switched to decaf and occasionally a half can of Pepsi. I can’t get through a full can of Pepsi anyway pregnant or not, so it’s a once in awhile treat for me.
I’ve done my best, but if I want chocolate I have it. Easter is coming up, bring on the Cadbury mini eggs with the crunchy shell. If I NEED a little caffeine on mornings I am getting headaches and can’t wake up, I get a small iced coffee. If caffeine interferes with getting pregnant I must be a scientific oddity, because I was drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a DAY before this surprise munchkin!
Post # 8
I was drinking a cup or two of black or green tea a day during TTC. When I got pregnant, I chose to give up caffeine altogether which meant no tea. My OB is okay with me drinking tea as well, but I chose not to. I occasionally drink hot chocolate and have a few sips of tea at afternoon tea with friends.
Post # 9
Here’s a similar post I made that you may find interesting =)
Caffeine while pregnant?
Post # 10
My doctor gave me the go-ahead for one cup of coffee a day while pregnant. I’ve cut back to one cup maybe twice a week.
I think if you’re a regular coffee drinker, I wouldn’t change anything until you’re actually preganant. When you first get pregnant, you’re not sharing much blood supply with the embryo. I was concerned about the cocktails that I had over the holidays before I got my BFP, and my doctor told me that I didn’t need to worry about negatively impacting our baby because of that.That tells me that the occasional cup of coffee when you’re not even pregnant isn’t going to hurt anything :).
Post # 11
I switched to limiting my caffeine to 300mg per day during TTC, and continued that through the 1st trimester, once I started the second trimester I stopped paying attention.
Post # 12
When we were only “thinking” about TTC, I stopped caffeine because I was SO addicted! Last Feb. I had my appendix out and I HAD THE WORST HEADACHES you can imagine (I assume from) not having caffeine. I was in the hospital a week because I waited so long to go in (dummy 🙂 and I had lots of infection; after that horrible experience, I decided to stay away.
Post # 13
Prior to TTC I was a cup of fresh ground in the morning then a cafe americano in the afternoon. Read higher caffeine content than a cup of regular ‘ol Folgers! During TTC I weaned myself down to a cup each morning and hugely limited my coke. Usually only after the BFN.
I’m a bit extreme in what I quit and I quit it all during TTC. I don’t personally feel it made our 9 cycles of TTC any harder. It’s hard enough as it is and for me those small guilty pleasures were minor sacrifices. IT helped me in fact to know I was doing all I can to help the TTC process.
GL to all!
Do what you and your husband are comfortable with under advisement of your OB/GYN! Some say 300 mg, some say 200 mg.
Post # 14
My doc said 200 mg a day of coffee was totally fine while pregnant.
I stuck with that, I kept with my usual coffee drinking habits. I do not drink soda or energy drinks.
Post # 15
@macbookbee123: Thanks for the link to that post. It seems like this is something the jury is still out on (whether you should completely stop, or only do 1-2 cups a day).
Post # 16
While we were TTC, I cut down to one cup of home-brewed coffee, from around 4-5, and drank caffeine-free soda on the rare occasion I drank one. When we got pregnant I had no desire for it at all. I drank MAYBE two mugs in the first trimester…it just lost all it’s appeal. Now in the second trimester, I have a (small) mug in the morning. I don’t drink soda, and don’t usually eat chocolate.